The new points bidding system, which will be used for the first time in tonight’s draft has a lot of people confused. So here’s an explanation of how it all works.

The AFL has attempted to solve a long time problem over father-son selections and now also academy selections.

It seems ridiculous that the likes of Gary Ablett, Tom Hawkins and Matthew Scarlett were selected in the 40s and 50s as father-son recruits.

The northern states’ academy selections have also been frowned upon. Under the old system, a club could bid for another club’s academy player. Then if the club who had the player in their academy still wanted the player and chose to match the bid, then it could do so with their next pick.

For example, last season, Melbourne made a bid for Isaac Heeney with pick No. 2. Sydney then matched the first round selection and picked up Heeney with pick No. 18. However, as we know, Heeney is worth a far better pick than pick No. 18.

So to fix the problem, the AFL has introduced the points bidding system.

How it works is that each draft pick is worth a certain amount of points.

Pick No. 1 is worth 3000 points, pick No. 2 worth 2517 points, pick No. 3 is worth 2234 points (Scroll down to see the full list of points).

Each club can make a bid for an academy player or a father-son player. Then, if, for example Sydney wish to match the bid for one of their academy players, they must pay what the pick is worth, otherwise the bidding team receives the player.

For example, if Melbourne had bid for Isaac Heeney with pick No. 2 this season, the Swans cannot simply use their next selection in the draft to obtain him. What they will instead have to do is pay the 2517 points that the No. 2 pick is worth. They would obtain the points by cashing in other picks that almost add up to the same value. So last year Sydney would have had to give up pick 18, 37, 38 and 57 to get Heeney. However, club’s get a 20% discount on the pick when matching an offer.

Then on the night of the draft, Sydney climbs to pick No. 2, nabs Heeney and all other clubs move down one pick in the draft order.

Points values for each pick.

1 — 3000

2 — 2517

3 — 2234

4 — 2034

5 — 1878

6 — 1751

7 — 1644

8 — 1551

9 — 1469

10 — 1395

11 — 1329

12 — 1268

13 — 1212

14 — 1161

15 — 1112

16 — 1067

17 — 1025

18 — 985

19 — 948

20 — 912

21 — 878

22 — 845

23 — 815

24 — 785

25 — 756

26 — 729

27 — 703

28 — 677

29 — 653

30 — 629

31 — 606

32 — 584

33 — 563

34 — 542

35 — 522

36 — 502

37 — 483

38 — 465

39 — 446

40 — 429

41 — 412

42 — 395

43 — 378

44 — 362

45 — 347

46 — 331

47 — 316

48 — 302

49 — 287

50 — 273

51 — 259

52 — 246

53 — 233

54 — 220

55 — 207

56 — 194

57 — 182

58 — 170

59 — 158

60 — 146

61 — 135

62 — 123

63 — 112

64 — 101

65 — 90

66 — 80

67 — 69

68 — 59

69 — 49

70 — 39

71 — 29

72 — 19

73 — 9

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